Brighton Music Conference 2016 (BMC16) has been hailed as a resounding success with a 69% increase in ticketed attendees on 2015. The third year of the two-day event was held April 14-15 at Brighton Dome.
BMC16 talks and panels featured speakers from Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Periscope, Vine, Spotify, Kobalt, Native Instruments, Beatport, Coda, AFEM, NTIA, Mixcloud, Toolroom, Hospital, Believe Digital, Pioneer, Korg, Roland, PRS, BIMM, AEI Media, Shogun Audio, GAK Audio, Wunderground, and many more, with the conference programme split between the professional and academy theatres.
Keynote talks included Save Our Clubs and Get Played Get Paid; Building the New Music Industry, both helmed by Mark Lawrence (CEO, AFEM), while professional programme topics included Gender Equality In Music, Stealing Our Own Success – Are DJs Accidentally Killing Sales, It’s All About The Music… Or Is It?, Streaming And Full Stack Music and more.
Academy topics included Careers In Music, Your Brand Is Everything, Women In Music Q&A, How To Get Gigs, The Commercial Conundrum and From The Bedroom To The Main Stage, plus others.
In addition to housing the BMC Demonstration Igloo installation, the exhibition floor featured brands, organisations, and education providers.
Native Instruments’ Native Sessions platform ran Production Seminars in the Founders Room and Production Workshops in the Mezzanine Bar on both days, with workshops, demonstrations, and talks and created their mini tech fair, showing other products and services integrated with the Native kit.
BMC’S partnership & commercial director, Jason Pepperell, said: “We’re really pleased to have substantially grown the Brighton Music Conference again for its third year. We felt there was a real need for a new kind of music conference in the UK, and the success of BMC16 has shown that the electronic music and wider tech industries have really embraced our new concept.
"The calibre of attendees rivals any conference in the world and Brighton provides a unique setting for our UK and international partners. Now the work starts for 2017 and we’re looking forward to growing BMC for its fourth year and beyond.”
The nighttime schedule saw official BMC events including the BMC Afterparty with Take featuring Seth Troxler at The Arch, and Wunderground Bingo on Brighton Pier on the Thursday. Mute, in association with BMC, took over Brighton’s Patterns on the Friday for a show with Mala, Commodo, and Foamplate.
The same night also saw English Disco Lovers & BMC present Crazy P Soundsystem at Komedia, and Wiggle and On The House teamed up to present their annual Brighton Music Conference party by the sea.
This year’s event charity partner was Last Night A DJ.